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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931159/isolation-and-molecular-characterization-of-the-transformer-gene-from-bactrocera-cucurbitae-diptera-tephritidae
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Ya Luo, Santao Zhao, Jiahui Li, Peizheng Li, Rihui Yan
transformer (tra) is a switch gene of sex determination in many insects, particularly in Dipterans. However, the sex determination pathway in Bactrocera cucurbitae (Coquillett), a very destructive pest on earth, remains largely uncharacterized. In this study, we have isolated and characterized one female-specific and two male-specific transcripts of the tra gene (Bcutra) of B. cucurbitae. The genomic structure of Bcutra has been determined and the presence of multiple conserved Transformer (TRA)/TRA-2 binding sites in Bcutra has been found...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931004/the-logic-of-the-floral-transition-reverse-engineering-the-switch-controlling-the-identity-of-lateral-organs
#2
Jean-Louis Dinh, Etienne Farcot, Charlie Hodgman
Much laboratory work has been carried out to determine the gene regulatory network (GRN) that results in plant cells becoming flowers instead of leaves. However, this also involves the spatial distribution of different cell types, and poses the question of whether alternative networks could produce the same set of observed results. This issue has been addressed here through a survey of the published intercellular distribution of expressed regulatory genes and techniques both developed and applied to Boolean network models...
September 20, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930688/the-heterochronic-gene-lin-14-controls-axonal-degeneration-in-c-%C3%A2-elegans-neurons
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Fiona K Ritchie, Rhianna Knable, Justin Chaplin, Rhiannon Gursanscky, Maria Gallegos, Brent Neumann, Massimo A Hilliard
The disproportionate length of an axon makes its structural and functional maintenance a major task for a neuron. The heterochronic gene lin-14 has previously been implicated in regulating the timing of key developmental events in the nematode C. elegans. Here, we report that LIN-14 is critical for maintaining neuronal integrity. Animals lacking lin-14 display axonal degeneration and guidance errors in both sensory and motor neurons. We demonstrate that LIN-14 functions both cell autonomously within the neuron and non-cell autonomously in the surrounding tissue, and we show that interaction between the axon and its surrounding tissue is essential for the preservation of axonal structure...
September 19, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930602/molecular-biology-of-tick-acetylcholinesterases
#4
Kevin Bruce Temeyer
Ticks vector many pathogens with major health and economic impacts and have developed resistance to most acaricides used for tick control. Organophosphate (OP) acaricides target acetylcholinesterase (AChE) critical to tick central nervous system function. Mutations producing tick AChEs resistant to OPs were characterized; but tick OP-resistance is not fully elucidated, due to remarkable complexity of tick cholinergic systems. Three paralogous tick AChEs exhibiting differences in primary structure and biochemical kinetics are encoded by amplified genes with developmentally regulated expression...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930539/transcriptional-regulation-of-p57-kip2-expression-during-development-differentiation-and-disease
#5
Marianna N Rossi, Oriella Andresini, Francesca Matteini, Rossella Maione
p57(kip2) is the most complex member of the CIP/KIP family of cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitors and plays a fundamental role in regulating cell cycle and differentiation during mammalian development. Consistently with a key role for p57(kip2) in the spatial and temporal control of cell proliferation, its expression is fine-tuned by multiple regulatory mechanisms, resulting in a tissue-, developmental phase- and cell type-specific pattern. Moreover, p57(kip2) is an imprinted gene, further supporting the importance of its proper expression dosage...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930194/developmental-programming-of-obesity-and-liver-metabolism-by-maternal-perinatal-nutrition-involves-the-melanocortin-system
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Paul Cordero, Jiawei Li, Vi Nguyen, Joaquim Pombo, Nuria Maicas, Marco Novelli, Paul D Taylor, Anne-Maj Samuelsson, Manlio Vinciguerra, Jude A Oben
Maternal obesity predisposes offspring to metabolic dysfunction and Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). Melanocortin-4 receptor (Mc4r)-deficient mouse models exhibit obesity during adulthood. Here, we aim to determine the influence of the Mc4r gene on the liver of mice subjected to perinatal diet-induced obesity. Female mice heterozygous for Mc4r fed an obesogenic or a control diet for 5 weeks were mated with heterozygous males, with the same diet continued throughout pregnancy and lactation, generating four offspring groups: control wild type (C_wt), control knockout (C_KO), obese wild type (Ob_wt), and obese knockout (Ob_KO)...
September 20, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930172/rhein-induces-oxidative-stress-and-apoptosis-in-mouse-blastocysts-and-has-immunotoxic-effects-during-embryonic-development
#7
Chien-Hsun Huang, Wen-Hsiung Chan
Rhein, a glucoside chemical compound found in a traditional Chinese medicine derived from the roots of rhubarb, induces cell apoptosis and is considered to have high potential as an antitumor drug. Several previous studies showed that rhein can inhibit cell proliferation and trigger mitochondria-related or endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-dependent apoptotic processes. However, the side effects of rhein on pre- and post-implantation embryonic development remain unclear. Here, we show that rhein has cytotoxic effects on blastocyst-stage mouse embryos and induces oxidative stress and immunotoxicity in mouse fetuses...
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930056/developmentally-specific-associations-between-cnr1-genotype-and-cannabis-use-across-emerging-adulthood
#8
James R Ashenhurst, K Paige Harden, Travis T Mallard, William R Corbin, Kim Fromme
OBJECTIVE: Previous studies have found preliminary evidence for associations between common single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the cannabinoid receptor gene CNR1 and cannabis use and dependence. The present study examined a set of eight independent SNPs in or near CNR1 in relation to cannabis use measured longitudinally across emerging adulthood. METHOD: Using latent growth curve modeling of 10 waves of longitudinal data spanning mean ages 18.4-23.8 years in a sample of non-Hispanic White individuals (n = 334), we tested if genotype at each CNR1 SNP was associated with both level and growth of cannabis use over time...
September 2017: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929580/selective-expression-of-egfp-in-mouse-perivascular-astrocytes-by-modification-of-the-mlc1-gene-using-t2a-based-ribosome-skipping
#9
Jordan J Toutounchian, Joseph H McCarty
Perivascular astrocyte end feet closely juxtapose cerebral blood vessels to regulate important developmental and physiological processes including endothelial cell proliferation and sprouting as well as the formation of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). The mechanisms underlying these events remain largely unknown due to a lack of experimental models for identifying perivascular astrocytes and distinguishing these cell types from other astroglial populations. Megalencephalic leukoencephalopathy with subcortical cysts 1 (Mlc1) is a transmembrane protein that is expressed in perivascular astrocyte end feet where it controls BBB development and homeostasis...
September 20, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929407/gibbs-free-energy-as-a-measure-of-complexity-correlates-with-time-within-c-elegans-embryonic-development
#10
Samuel H McGuire, Edward A Rietman, Hava Siegelmann, Jack A Tuszynski
We investigate free energy behavior in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans during embryonic development. Our approach utilizes publicly available gene expression data, which gives us a picture of developmental changes in protein concentration and, resultantly, chemical potential and free energy. Our results indicate a clear global relationship between Gibbs free energy and time spent in development and provide thermodynamic indicators of the large-scale biological events of cell division and differentiation...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928767/genome-wide-epigenetic-characterization-of-tissues-from-three-germ-layers-isolated-from-sheep-fetuses
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Emanuele Capra, Paola Toschi, Marcello Del Corvo, Barbara Lazzari, Pier A Scapolo, Pasqualino Loi, John L Williams, Alessandra Stella, Paolo Ajmone-Marsan
DNA methylation of regulatory and growth-related genes contributes to fetal programming which is important for maintaining the correct development of three germ layers of the embryo that develope into different tissues and organs, and which persists into adult life. In this study, a preliminary epigenetic screen was performed to define genomic regions that are involved in fetal epigenome remodeling. Embryonic ectodermic tissues (origin of nervous tissue), mesenchymal tissues (origin of connective and muscular tissues), and foregut endoderm tissues (origin of epithelial tissue), from day 28 sheep fetuses were collected and the distribution of methylated CpGs was analyzed using whole-genome bisulfite sequencing...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928755/different-preclimacteric-events-in-apple-cultivars-with-modified-ripening-physiology
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Vikram Singh, Asya Weksler, Haya Friedman
"Anna" is an early season apple cultivar exhibiting a fast softening and juiciness loss during storage, in comparison to two mid-late season cultivars "Galaxy" and "GD." The poor storage capacity of "Anna" was correlated with high lipid oxidation-related autoluminescence, high respiration and ethylene production rates, associated with high expression of MdACO1, 2, 4, 7, and MdACS1. All cultivars at harvest responded to exogenous ethylene by enhancing ethylene production, typical of system-II. The contribution of pre-climacteric events to the poor storage capacity of "Anna" was examined by comparing respiration and ethylene production rates, response to exogenous ethylene, expression of genes responsible for ethylene biosynthesis and response, and developmental regulators in the three cultivars throughout fruit development...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928460/molecular-dissection-of-transcriptional-reprogramming-of-steviol-glycosides-synthesis-in-leaf-tissue-during-developmental-phase-transitions-in-stevia-rebaudiana-bert
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Gopal Singh, Gagandeep Singh, Pradeep Singh, Rajni Parmar, Navgeet Paul, Radhika Vashist, Mohit Kumar Swarnkar, Ashok Kumar, Sanatsujat Singh, Anil Kumar Singh, Sanjay Kumar, Ram Kumar Sharma
Stevia is a natural source of commercially important steviol glycosides (SGs), which share biosynthesis route with gibberellic acids (GAs) through plastidal MEP and cytosolic MVA pathways. Ontogeny-dependent deviation in SGs biosynthesis is one of the key factor for global cultivation of Stevia, has not been studied at transcriptional level. To dissect underlying molecular mechanism, we followed a global transcriptome sequencing approach and generated more than 100 million reads. Annotation of 41,262 de novo assembled transcripts identified all the genes required for SGs and GAs biosynthesis...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927898/developmental-toxicity-assessment-of-common-excipients-using-a-stem-cell-based-in-vitro-morphogenesis-model
#14
Chloe J Yuan, Yusuke Marikawa
Various chemical compounds can inflict developmental toxicity when sufficiently high concentrations are exposed to embryos at the critical stages of development. Excipients, such as coloring agents and preservatives, are pharmacologically inactive ingredients that are included in various medications, foods, and cosmetics. However, concentrations that may adversely affect embryo development are largely unknown for most excipients. Here, the lowest observed adverse effect level (LOAEL) to inflict developmental toxicity was assessed for three coloring agents (allura red, brilliant blue, and tartrazine) and three preservatives (butylated hydroxyanisole, metabisulfite, and methylparaben)...
September 16, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927798/effect-of-charcoal-dextran-stripped-fetal-bovine-serum-on-in-vitro-development-of-bovine-embryos
#15
Ayman Mesalam, Rami Kong, Imran Khan, Mmr Chowdhury, Byung-Hyun Choi, Sung Woo Kim, Kyu-Woan Cho, Jong-In Jin, Il-Keun Kong
This study investigated the ability of charcoal:dextran stripped fetal bovine serum (CDS FBS) and heat-inactivated fetal bovine serum (HI FBS) to support in vitro development of bovine embryos. The developmental ability and quality of bovine embryos were determined by assessing their cell number, lipid content, mitochondrial activity, gene expression, and cryo-tolerance. The percentage of embryos that formed a blastocyst was significantly (P<0.05) higher in medium containing CDS FBS than in medium containing HI FBS (42...
September 16, 2017: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927774/chronic-intestinal-pseudo-obstruction-in-a-child-with-treacher-collins-syndrome
#16
E Giabicani, J Lemale, L Dainese, S Boudjemaa, A Coulomb, P Tounian, B Dubern
BACKGROUND: Treacher Collins syndrome (TCS) mainly presents with severe craniofacial developmental abnormalities characterized by a combination of bilateral downward-slanting palpebral fissures, colobomas of the lower eyelids, hypoplasia of the facial bones, cleft palate, malformation of the external ears, atresia of the external auditory canals, and bilateral conductive hearing loss. It is due to mutations in Treacher Collins syndrome 1 (TCOF1) (5q32-q33.1) and Polymerase RNA 1 polypeptides D and C (POLR1D [13q12...
September 15, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927557/cacna1a-related-early-onset-encephalopathy-with-myoclonic-epilepsy-a-case-report
#17
Takuya Hayashida, Yoshiaki Saito, Atsushi Ishii, Hiroyuki Yamada, Ayako Itakura, Toshinori Minato, Tetsuhiro Fukuyama, Yoshihiro Maegaki, Shinichi Hirose
We report a one-year-old boy with early-onset myoclonic epilepsy, developmental arrest, and hyperekplexia during early infancy. He presented with refractory myoclonic/tonic seizures since birth. Electroencephalography revealed multifocal spikes, and rhythmic activities that occurred simultaneous with aggravation of myoclonus accompanied by tonic upper limb elevation. Brain magnetic resonance imaging revealed progressive cerebral atrophy with periventricular signal change and thin corpus callosum at one year of age...
September 16, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927530/an-insight-into-the-genotoxicity-assessment-studies-in-dipterans
#18
REVIEW
Nidhi Mishra, Rashmi Srivastava, Uma Rani Agrawal, Raghav Ram Tewari
The dipterans have been widely utilized in genotoxicity assessment studies. Short life span, easy maintenance, production of large number of offspring in a single generation and the tissues with appropriate cell populations make these flies ideal for studies associated to developmental biology, diseases, genetics, genetic toxicology and stress biology in the group. Moreover, their cosmopolitan presence makes them suitable candidate for ecological bio-monitoring. An attempt has been made in the present review to reveal the significance of dipteran flies for assessing alterations in genetic content through various genotoxicity biomarkers and to summarize the gradual advancement in these studies...
July 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926587/functional-characterization-of-zebrafish-orthologs-of-the-human-beta-3-glucosyltransferase-b3glct-gene-mutated-in-peters-plus-syndrome
#19
Eric Weh, Hideyuki Takeuchi, Sanaa Muheisen, Robert S Haltiwanger, Elena V Semina
Peters Plus Syndrome (PPS) is a rare autosomal recessive disease characterized by ocular defects, short stature, brachydactyly, characteristic facial features, developmental delay and other highly variable systemic defects. Classic PPS is caused by loss-of-function mutations in the B3GLCT gene encoding for a β3-glucosyltransferase that catalyzes the attachment of glucose via a β1-3 glycosidic linkage to O-linked fucose on thrombospondin type 1 repeats (TSRs). B3GLCT was shown to participate in a non-canonical ER quality control mechanism; however, the exact molecular processes affected in PPS are not well understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926578/tet-mediated-dna-hydroxymethylation-regulates-retinal-neurogenesis-by-modulating-cell-extrinsic-signaling-pathways
#20
Pawat Seritrakul, Jeffrey M Gross
DNA hydroxymethylation has recently been shown to play critical roles in regulating gene expression and terminal differentiation events in a variety of developmental contexts. However, little is known about its function during eye development. Methylcytosine dioxygenases of the Tet family convert 5-methylcytosine (5mC) to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC), an epigenetic mark thought to serve as a precursor for DNA demethylation and as a stable mark in neurons. Here, we report a requirement for Tet activity during zebrafish retinal neurogenesis...
September 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
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